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]. >> in 1960, jack kennedy would have come if jack kennedy, if jack kennedy had been protestant he would have gotten 54, 55% of the vote against nixon. congressional democrats got 54.5% of the vote in 1960. jack kennedy got 50.1% of the vote. millions of white protestants who otherwise voted democrat did not vote for jack kennedy because he was a catholic. kennedy's presidency changed, i think, the dynamic of electoral policy come up national electoral politics in this country. because whether you liked kennedy or not, whether you're going to vote for him if he had lived in 1964 or not, it became abundantly clear during his presidency that he made his decisions for himself based on the constitution and what was best for the trendy. there was not a phone in the back room, you know, hooked up to the vatican with the pope calling him and say do this, do this, do this. it sounds ridiculous. now. but there were millions of people, ma and there were some very important leaders who said do not vote for a catholic because the catholic is less than an american but a catholic has dual allegiances. and
convention in the 1960, where jack kennedy joined president kennedy, well as the nominee and lyndon b. johnson vice presidency. >> how would would kennedy have been and how would would johnson have been? >> in 1960. johnson was 52. i can answer that quickly. bobby kennedy was born in '29 i guess he was -- c-span: thirty five. there was a great deal difference in age. what had lyndon b. johnson done until the time he was selected and what had robert kennedy done? >> at the time that johnson start running against jack kennedy for the nomination for the 1960 democratic nomination. he has been the senate majority leader for six years. he has been the greatest majority leader in history. he made the senate work. it introduce it's own bills and past bills. it was center of governmental inquestion knewty and energy in washington. and he was considered the most powerful democrat in the country. they called him the second most powerful man in the country second only to president eisenhower. kennedy had been a congregation staffer. for the last two years he had been running his brother's presid
me finish with the collection of memorabilia about the life of jack kennedy. big story there. and this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> well, another one is quitting. republican senator saxby chambliss of georgia is retiring. chambliss announced he won't run for a third term when he's up for re-election a third year. he has been criticized by conservatives for leaving the gang of six in an attempt to broker a deficit deal. it was widely expected he'd face a primary challenge on his right flank. among the conservatives considering a senate run is congressman paul broun. just this week he said president obama is upholding the soviet constitution. the right is leaning right again, and we're losing people. we're better off with people like saxby chambliss who are trying to be reasonable. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ so, i'm working on a cistern intake valve, and the guy hands me a locknut wrench. no way! i'm like, what is this, a drainpipe slipknot? wherever your business takes you, nobody keeps you on the road like progressive commercial auto. [ flo speaking japanese ]
the life of jack kennedy, it turns out david powers, kennedy's aide-de-camp was hoarding a lot of good things from jack's bomber jacket to autographed pictures and books, the kind of stuff people pay a fortune for at rare bookstores. like i'm with them. there are few people in american life that would inspire them to spend big money just to have a relic of jack kennedy's. people want to hold them, often deep into the night as a connection to a lost hero for all of us. each in our own way we try to bring back through pictures or other favorite parts of our lives. i suspect the memorabilia will fetch a good deal of money when they go up for auction. but i have a better alternative. my book "jack kennedy: elusive hero clothes will remind you not only of jack kennedy, but why you care. he really was quite a president. that's the show. thanks for watching. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >>> good evening, american, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. republicans have laid out their plans to steal the next election. tonight democrats roll out their plan to stop them.
from every window in the office until people are leaning out. every time jack kennedy waves they surge and the crowd surges against the police and the car has to go slower and slower. when jackie waves they surge even more enthusiastically to the car. suddenly they are out of the main area and they turn into a sort of empty area, a grassy plaza and as they do, there is a shark cracking sound, people fought with a firecracker, backfire of a motorcycle but john connolly knows what it is. rufus yarborough did know in the instant. he hears the noise and in his report, there it is typed up, statement of rufus w. young blood, chief concerning details events occurring in dallas, texas on november 22nd and it is in his testimony before the warren commission. he knows what it is, he looks up and in kennedy's car which is two cars ahead, he sees what he calls in his report not normal movements. the president appears to be tilting to the left. we know now the poignant tragic reason that kennedy was tilting to the left because although he had been hit by one shot he couldn't fall down because pres
stack the deck. >>> let me finish with the collection of memorabilia about the life of jack kennedy. big story there. and this is "hardball," the place for politics. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me. if you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer, be brave, go to the doctor. ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers. symptoms are not the same for everyone. i got sick...and then i got better. i have obligations. cute tobligations, but obligations.g. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. >>> well, another one is quitting. republican senator saxby chambliss of georgia is reti
the life of jack kennedy. it turns out kennedy's aide to camp was hording a lot of good things. i'm with them. there are few figures in american life that would inspire people to spend big money just to have a relic of jack kennedys. people want to hold them, often deep into the night, as a connection to a lost hero often for all of us: i suspect these kennedy memorabilia will fetch a good deal of money. now, let me remind you of jack and why that you care. that he really was quite a hero and quite a president. that's the show. thanks for watching. it's been "hardball," what a great week it's been for politics. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. >>> and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, change your can't believe in. at this hour, republicans are gathering in charlotte, north carolina for the meeting. it's the party's first big meeting since barack wiped the floor with them in november's election. the committee is calling from a republican renewal. a time for change. to build new relationships, to compete in every state in every region
in on the president's legacy, starting with chris, whose most recent book about jfk is called "jack kennedy: elusive hero." >> i called him an elusive hero because that's what jacqueline kennedy, his widow, said of his years later. unforgettable elusive man. even she couldn't quite figure out who he was. >> a nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers. >> the greatest heroes are often the most flawed. >> people have already factored in the idea that he had other women in his life. somehow the american people seem to have absorbed these stories over time, and it hasn't changed their fundamental liking for the memory of john kennedy. >> john f. kennedy and his wife too are cultural figures who will live far beyond their years. there was a universality about their virtues, their looks, they were beautiful, and we like to see ourselves reflected in them. and i just don't think that's going to change. >> he broke his life up into separate pieces, separate compartments, and they were very sealed off each from the other. he had a frightening st
with the essential problem in a meaningful way. >> i am reading a book on lbj. jack kennedy was having the same problem with congress. everything was being sidetracked, they were not going anywhere. >> that is true. i would say this, as far as what senator obama said in 2006, consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. if there was a different attitude. we have raised the debt ceiling 70-plus times. there has always been that sense of we're not going to vote to raise the other guy's debt ceiling, but there was always the understanding that we would provide the votes in the final analysis. the president's party did that. right now, what you have is a situation where the republican party is reduced to its lowest andi in the history of "the wall street journal" poll. the only thing that is worse is john boehner. 18% favorable. this is not a formidable partner. >> over the weekend, "politico" spoke to many advisers and said house republicans and party leaders appear willing to shut down government. might need to do that four- member management purposes so that they can have an end game and show th
. bad weather moved some indoors. grants touched it out in 16 degrees and jack kennedy in 20 degrees without an overcoat. f.d.r.'s inauguration was the first held in january after a constitutional amendment moved the date up from march. finally more people witnessed brom's first than any other event ever held in washington. >> wow, i love that stuff. chris: thanks to our producer for that great, great great product there. anyway, you had something to add. >> my colleague, aleash yarks pointed out that obama will be the first president since f.d.r. to take the oath of office four times. he flubbed the first one and had to redo it. this time because it falls on a sunday he'll do it privately on sunday and then redo it on monday. chris: when we come back, only one other guy. in the first term the obama family was close to perfect. no mistakes. >> they don't want to sneand much time with me anyway. chris: that was the president. spending so many evens with his kids rather than spending quality time with members of congress. well, the country seems to have adopted this young first family
's latest book on lbj. it looked like jack kennedy was having the same problem with the congress. evererything was being sidetracked. >> that is true. i would say this as far as what senator obama said in 2006, consistency is the hobgoblin of small mes. but there was a different attitude. we have raised the debt ceiling 70-plus times. the congress has voted to do it. there was always a sense of we are not going to vote e to rai the other guys debt ceiling but there was always the understa that we would provide the votes in the final ananalysis. the president's party y did that. right now, what you have is a situation where the republican party is reduced to its lowest standing in the history of "the wall streeeet journal" nbc poll. the only thing that is worse is john boehner, 18% favorable. this is not a formidable parker. >> "politico" spoke to some unnamed republican leaders and they said that party leadaders have appeared to shut down the government to make a point. they may need to shut dowjust to get out of the system. we may need to do that for member-management purposes s
in a meaningful way. >> i am reading robert carroll's book on lbj. jack kennedy, it looked like he was having the same problem with the congress. early on, lbj was having the same problem, that everything was being sidetracked. >> that is true. i would say this as far as what senator obama said in 2006, quoting mr. johnson. consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. there was a different attitude, and we have raise the debt ceiling 70-plus times, the congress has voted to do it, and there has always been that sense of we are not going to vote to raise the other guys debt ceiling, but there was always the understanding that we would provide the votes in the final analysis. the president's party did that. right now you have a situation where the republican party is reduced to its lowest standing in the history of the wall street journal nbc pulled to 23% favorable, 47% unfavorable. the only thing that is worse is john boehner. 18% favorable. this is not a formidable partner. >> over the weekend, politico reported that a lot of house republicans threaten to shut down the government. they need
. >> it is not possible -- >> it is mathematically possible. >> it has been done a couple of times. >> jack kennedy -- >> oh, now you're jack kennedy. >> i sat down with the vice president, joe biden, and we sat down and talked about americans and principles. >> it is great to be here, i'm a fan. >> thank you, my head explodes when i hear you can't raise taxes on the job creators. what goes through your mind? >> what goes through my mind is where in the heck have these guys been? that was the same argument listening on the senate floor, that george bush made, put that god-awful tax break for the super wealthy, without paying for it. they were going to create jobs. what happened? a slower job growth rate in 50 years once that passed. >> do you think this is an instant replay? >> i don't know, they talk about out of touch. haven't they seen this movie? i mean, what makes anybody think? look, all this done is the god-awful tax cuts that romney wants to put in there, $250,000 a year tax cut for the average person making over a million bucks on top of the bush tax cuts? $800 billion -- >> can't do it, d
come across any faqs about that sequence yes. yes, i did. jack kennedy didn't need his father to rig the election. that was someone in mayor richard daley -- [laughter] who did very well in illinois. that's number one to number two, there were rumors that the mob helped in and around chicago to pull out the vote. political scientists who have gone over the voting data and look at all of those districts in which there was a higher percentage of union representatives, although the unions that were supposedly controlled by the mob found that kennedy underperformed in those areas. the teamsters came out for nix nixon. so kennedy spent all the money he did, could, pulled all the strings, but jack kennedy certainly didn't need him in chicago and kennedy would have won the electoral college even without the illinois votes. >> you make joseph kennedy sound only as positive. i have just heard stories over the years of less than savory things, and maybe a bit of a pirate in a lot of his teeth. do you have any examples of that? >> yeah, i have. hundreds and hundreds of pages. you know, it's alw
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to be all waffle shops and firecracker stores. and jack kennedy said to -- move on. he said make it like paris and it is very much if you ever get to paris it has that kind of look of paris. beautiful thorough fare. there you see all this local stuff of people that come in here by bus from all across the country, nothing fancy, just their best, and all the different ethnicity stuff. it's a great old tradition and it has nothing to do with politics. there's the president's reviewing stand. i want everybody to get in on this again. we've waited a long time to see the relaxed obamas, michael. >> yeah. >> how is your crowd going to like this when they see these people looking so debonair and charming and delightful? >> look, you know -- >> are they going to be mad and jealous. >> no, they're not going to be mad and jealous, no. look, there are people who obviously do not have affection for the president personally, and, you know, even going back to my time as chairman, i made it very clear this is never about anything personal to the president. we're all proud of his accomplishment. i mean f
my book "jack kennedy: elusive hero clothes will remind you not only of jack kennedy, but why you care. he really was quite a president. that's the show. thanks for watching. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >>> good evening, american, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. republicans have laid out their plans to steal the next election. tonight democrats roll out their plan to stop them. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> the good news is our principles are sound. >> reince priebus sees no problem with his party. >> win elections, we must compete in every state and every region. >> except they just can't win. but the gop has a quick fix, steal the vote. debbie wasserman schultz and nina turner tell us the democrats' plan to fight back. >>> real filibuster reform is dead, and mitch mcconnell is gloating. we beat the liberals. senator bernie sanders is here to react. >>> conservatives said the market would die without mitt romney as president. >> the dow is sitting at this five-year high. it's actually been up for ten out of the last 11 sessions. >> w
that phrase from, we're going into nut country? that's what jack kennedy said the day he died. rush limbaugh said the president can't be stopped from getting what he wants. you don't think this is going to the mainstream of the right? here is rush. let's listen. >> obama will try anything and has, and nobody stops him, by the way. he has trumped the constitution's first amendment and religious liberty. he has trumped the constitution on immigration. he has essentially granted amnesty to a million kids without benefit of legislation. he'll do anything that nobody tries to stop him from doing. of course, an executive order legally doesn't trump the constitution. but if he issues an executive order to try to confiscate guns or something along those lines and nobody stops him, does he not get away with it? >> here is the point, rush has a brain. he's a smart guy. he's a marketer, he knows what he's doing. in many ways he's a showman, but how can he honestly believe a president can issue an executive order confiscating guns? >> to be extreme in reaction to this extremism, i can hear less smart pe
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." there was no "ask not what your country can do for you" as jack kennedy did. this was more like a state of the union speech where the president listed his priorities. he did not particularly ask for help. rather he said we're all in this together and we won't solve it unless we are together.ge i think the left will like it a lot. the people on the right not so mu much. having said all of that, it wass a perfect day.utiful w it was a beautiful weather, the crowds were large, they were joyous and the most important thin thing, what was supposed to happen according to the constitution happened. s th the person who got the most the oat votes in november took the oath of o of office as president of the united states. that doesn't always happen in always ha other countries but it happened again in our country and that's a good thing. >> p >> pelley: bob, thanks. during our coverage today bob broke the news that house republicans will vote wednesdayt's to raise the government's borrowing limit for three months. that avoids a fight-- for now at least-- that could have led to america defaulting on its debts.
book about one of the most famous fathers the patriarch john and jack kennedy and the brothers. this is an authorized biography but he also had access to a lot of papers that had never been seen before. you get all of it. he really emphasizes the family is so important for the kennedys and the brothers. there's a new book about brothers. if you have a brother, if you know about brothers, this book is great. it talks about not only his life as a brother and his four brothers. like the marx brothers, gouch cho marks and his brothers. they competed afterwards. the john wilkes booth and his brother who was an actor. you know what he did. famous brothers. anybody like that. >> also it's an award season. lincoln just one. the first book out about an intriguing character in the movie lincoln. mrs. lincoln's dress maker. >> if you see the movie you know she is an african american and she played a big part and this is a fiction book about her life. there are some things in there you might want to look at. >> this book is really something. you might not know vanessa redgrave won eeriever
at his prep school. i learned that nugget while researching for my book, "jack kennedy, elusive hero." >>> welcome back to "hardball." [ man ] ring ring... progresso this reduced sodium soup says it may help lower cholesterol, how does it work? you just have to eat it as part of your heart healthy diet. step 1. eat the soup. all those veggies and beans, that's what may help lower your cholesterol and -- well that's easy [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> welcome back to "hardball." today president obama got an important buy-in you might say for his defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel, from the powerful new york senator chuck schumer. this morning schumer released a statement that reads in part, based on several key assurances provided by senator hagel, i am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation. i encourage my senate colleagues who have shared my previous concerns to also support him. well, this coupled with senator barbara boxer's vote of support yesterday has made his path for conformation look a lot easier. joining me is "the huffington post'
jack kennedy how it d it and how it worked. you don't hear the same coming from administration. they can't argue the facts. facts don't back them up. they can't come forward and have an honest discussion about the objective. conservatives will argue our objective is to elevate everybody by increasing prosperity. by unleashing the private sector from overbearing not reasonable but overbearing government regulations so everybody can prosper. we believe there's an unlimited ability for prosperity. the left believes that it's a fixed amount. it's a pi. and everybody -- pie and everybody gets a slice. that's not how we see things. you don't heart left articulating a response to that discussion because what obama wants to do is force redistribution, and if e he were honest about that his goals not just equalizing everyone but bringing them down. because that's what happens with when you try to equalize income. you bring everybody down. instead he tries to turn conservatives in to the enemy. and let me tell you, it's increed belie effective when it's not met with powerful -- found art
from an economic standpoint that produces more prosperity. what works under ronald reagan, how jack kennedy did it and have it worked. but you don't hear the same argument coming from this administration. they also can't come forward and have an honest discussion about what their objectives are. the increasing prosperity by unleashing the private sector overbearing, not reasonable but overbearing government regulations. we believe there is an unlimited ability for prosperity. the left believes it is a fixed amount. and everybody gets a slice of it. but you don't hear of a left articulating a response to that discussion because what obama wants to do is force the redistribution. and if honest about that, honest about his goals of not equalizing everyone but bringing them down and that is what happens when you try to equalize and come if he were to be honest about that and give a philosophical defense the american people would reject it resoundingly. so, instead, he tries to turn conservatives into the enemy. and let me tell you, it is incredibly effective when it's not met with power
, how jack kennedy did it, which you don't hear the same argument coming from this administration. they can't argue the facts because the facts do not back them out. they also can't come forward and have an honest discussion about what their objectives are. for us conservatives will argue our objective is to elevate everybody by increasing prosperity, by unleashing the private sector from overbearing government regulation so everybody can prosper. we believe there's an unlimited ability for prosperity. the left believes it's a fixed amount and everybody gets a slice. that's not how we see things. you don't hear the laughter ticket waiting a response to that discussion because what obama wants to do is force redistribution. if you are honest about that, his goals of not just equalize the number one, they're putting them down because that's what happens when you equalize income. if he were to be honest about that and give a philosophical difference the american people would reject resoundingly. so instead he tries to turn his 30s into the enemy. it's incredibly effect day when it's
brother, the president, jack kennedy who was vulnerable because he was having affairs with people in the mafia bobby kennedy compromised him in this to try to protect the position in the south and the alliance with martin luther king. ultimately i believe hoover without saying for two skilled bureaucrats for that they say okay i told you over the year keep down the scandal against your brother that i am very concerned about martin luther king we need this wiretap and ultimately he found that wiretap knowing he was surrendering with any pretense of controlling jay edgar hoover so it's a very complex political wrestling match. c-span: how did they use the wiretaps and what did they learn through them about martin luther king and the group? >> guest: the is the wiretaps primarily for the advanced notice of kings travel plans. hello, i'm flying to chicago. i will be at the such and such hotel. i'm flying to new york. c-span: where did the post caps? >> guest: they put them on his home. c-span: where? atlanta? >> guest: they put them in his office both in atlanta and new york. hoover,
into nut country, that's what jack kennedy said the day he died. rush limbaugh sawed the president can't be stopped from getting what he wants. you don't think this is going to the mainstream of the right? here is rush. let's listen. >> obama will try anything and has and nobody stops him, by the way. he has trumped the constitution's first amendment and religious liberty. he has trumped the constitution on immigration. he has essentially granted amnesty to a million kids without benefit of legislation. he'll do anything that nobody tries to stop him from doing. of course an executive order legally doesn't trump the constitution. but if he issues an executive order to try to confiscate guns or something along those lines and nobody stops him, does he not get away with it? >> here is the point, rush has a brain. he's a smart guy. he's a marketer, he knows what he's doing. in many way he's a showman but how can he honestly believe a president can issue an executive order confiscating guns? >> to be extreme in reaction to this extremism, i can hear less smart people -- i can imagine them
now is host of "hardball" chris matthews. author of "kennedy & nixon." also "jack kennedy: elusive hero" out in paperback. there was a column by roger simon that inspired me to sit there and say -- you can't. everything about nixon is complicated. roger simon just went through every single of the nastiest things that nixon said on those tapes. that was caught saying on tapes. he was negative on jews. he was negative on african-americans. which, of course, these tapes have just shown a spotlight on his paranoia and some of his bizarre thinkings. who is this guy? >> it's all true. >> you can't ever do one without the other. >> there's no defending what he said on the tapes. the anti-semitism even for his generation was extraordinary. >> at the same time his chief sort of confidant was henry kissinger. >> and arthur burns. and bill sapphire. and len garment. they were all close friends that were jewish. >> we're not going to get into there. >> here's the interesting thing. i went back and studied the tapes when i wrote the book back then. i thought it's interesting. you know how peopl
jack kennedy did it and how it worked. you don't hear the same argument from the administration. they can't argue the facts because the facts do not back them up. they also can't come forward and have an honest discussion about what their objectives are. whereas conservatives will argue our objective is to elevate everybody by increasing prosperity, by unleashing the private sector from over bearing, not republican, but overbearing reasonable government regulations so that everybody can prosper. we believe there's an unlimited ability for prosperity. the left believes that it's a fixed amount. it's a pie. everybody gets a little slice of it. it's never going to get bigger. that's not how we see things. you dente -- don't hear the left or tick-- articulating a response to the discussion because what obama wants to do is force redistribution. if he was honest about that, honest about the goals of not just equalizing everyone, but bringing them down because that's what happens when you try to equalize income. you bring everybody down. if he were to be honest about that and give a p
might have mental health problems and be prepared to turn them in. >> the last bill jack kennedy signed before flying to dallas where he was murdered was the deinstitutionalization bill which closed a lot of asylums and sent people into the society where we did not provide the community health centers. second point, the vast majority of people involved in gun violence are clinically sane. third point, defining an assault weapon is hard enough. try to define mental health and try to do so with respecting the privacy concerns with doctor and patient relationships. rick referred to the feeling of increased violence in the country. it's not true, though. you may feel that way, but there's been a stunning drop in gun violence and murders, cut it half really in 20 years. >> except for the suicides, and we had more troops commit suicide in afghanistan last year than were killed in combat. that happened with guns. >> and the other thing is there's been an increase in these mass shootings, all of which are related to a combination of a gun, a high-velocity gun with large magazines and somebody t
'm not sure jack kennedy could have passed that legislation. >> i doubt that he could. he introduced the act because of what happened in birmingham. dr. rice's hometown. it was the very tipping point in 1963. but it took, i think it did take perhaps president kennedy's death which really shocked the country about the cost of hatred and inspiration to get past it. but the year 1963 was a great turning point. in this month of epic anniversaries for the broader american memory we're 150 years from the emancipation proclamation but only 50 years ago this month from george wallace becoming governor of alabama pledging segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever. segregation was embedded in the constitutions of the southern states and many of the customs and institutions nationwide. he couldn't hold it. and it set loose a lot of things that really in proper perspective that dr. rice just spoke personally. we should all take great comfort and hope from all that was accomplished. but george wallace who couldn't hold segregation also invented -- he was an ingenius politician -- and h
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